The city of Guanajuato (gwah-nah-HWAH-toh) is a cobblestoned colonial gem in the mountains of central Mexico. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a charming and picturesque city with a distinctive European flavor.
The Spanish found abundant deposits of silver here in the 1540s and for over 250 years, Guanajuato was the source for one third of the world’s silver supply. Evidence of the city’s enormous wealth can be witnessed in the beautiful architecture, museums, theaters, and dozens of shady plazas dotted with sidewalk cafés.
One of our favorite attractions is the Don Quixote Iconographic Museum. This is an entire institute dedicated to the fictional star of Cervantes’ l7th century novel. Artists from around the world, including Picasso and Dali, have contributed over 850 works of art including paintings, drawings, murals, sculptures, chess sets, clocks and postage stamps that feature the Man of la Mancha and his trusty companion Sancho Panza.
Museo Iconográfico del Quijote
- Manuel Doblado 1
- http://www.guanajuato.gob.mx/museo/ (in Spanish)
- Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
- Entrance fee: $30 pesos. Seniors, children, students and teachers : $10 pesos.
- Tuesday: Free entrance.